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December 3, 2013

Essex County overrides tax cap

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But chargebacks that the county adds to the levy for towns with tax-roll corrections and other costs total $283,000, leaving only a 0.7 percent ($144,000) tax-levy increase possible without the override.

“There’s no way we could get under the 2 percent tax cap,” Morrow said. “Are we going to go back and cut everything? People understand there’s a problem here. They’re not happy, but they understand there’s a problem.”

No one spoke at the public hearing on the budget last week.

BUDGET SESSION

A special meeting to fine-tune and pass the budget starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Old County Courthouse at Elizabethtown. It is open to all.

The net budget is down $2 million from last year, Palmer said, and they still need a 15 percent tax increase to balance it.

“The amount you need is so far off from what you’re raising on the levy,” Palmer said. “You’re never going to get to it (without a tax hike).”

Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) noted that the local law passed Monday authorizes an override but does not require one.

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